Foxwell a Wildcat for upcoming season
SOUTH East Melbourne Phoenix young gun Owen Foxwell is now a Wildcat.
Though the Victorian is best known for his work with the Phoenix where he was one of the most promising teenagers coming through the ranks, Foxwell has re-signed with Eltham Wildcats for the upcoming National Basketball League (NBL)1 season.
The reigning NBL1 South Youth Player o the Year was a key talent in the top Australian basketball league, becoming a natural highlight reel despite his side not able to get through the Play-In tournament. He averaged 3.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists with the Phoenix in the recent NBL season, but put up 13 points and two rebounds against Sydney Kings in his penultimate match of the year on January 29.
Growing up in Bulleen, the former Boomers player has his sights set on making the elite level. As a 18-year-old in last year’s NBL1 South competition, Foxwell put up 14.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists which catapulted him into form for the NBL season.
Playing 21 games for the Wildcats and averaging just over 26 minutes per match, Foxwell shot at 37.4 per cent from the field and also picked up an impressive 2.6 steals compared to only 1.9 turnovers. Among his best performances were a double-double against North West Tasmania Thunder where Foxwell amassed a whopping 38 points and 10 rebounds, but also tallied up six assists and six steals.
A week earlier, the young star recorded 33 points, five rebounds and two assists against Mount Gambier Pioneers. His other big games included 26 points against Waverley Falcons, a 25-point, six-rebound and four-steal effort against Kilsyth Cobras, and then averaging 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.0 assists across the final fortnight of the season taking on Sandringham Sabres and Dandenong Rangers.
Eltham Wildcats head coach Craig Stratford said he was looking forward to Foxwell playing an even bigger role for the side.
“Owen is one of the most exciting young guard talents in the country,” he said. “After being awarded the NBL1 South youth player of the year in 2022 and then playing important minutes at the next level with South East Melbourne Phoenix in NBL 2023, we expect Owen is going to be ready to play a big role within our group in 2023.”
Foxwell told the Wildcats website that he was looking forward to getting back to Eltham and being a part of something special in 2023.
“I am extremely excited to be back at the Eltham Wildcats to not only continue to improve my game but to play in front of the incredible fan base the Wildcats have and help bring a Championship to them!” he said.